On Stage: This Month's Kid-Friendly Performances in Charlotte

Live theater, musicals, shows and concerts for kids in the greater Charlotte area.
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The family-friendly show MasterChef Junior Live! features head-to-head cooking demonstrations.

GRIMMZ Fairy Tales (through March 15)

The brothers put a spin on classic fairy tales in this hip-hop revelation for a younger generation. See website for showtimes. Enjoy a sensory-friendly performance on March 8 at 4pm. Wells Fargo Playhouse, 300 E. 7th St. Recommended for ages 6 and older. $20+. 

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (March 5-April 5)

An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. See website for showtimes. Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour St., Davidson. Ages 12 and older. 8-10pm. $12-$20.

Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis (March 6-7)

Monumental and deeply affecting, this show has moments of calmness and purity and thundering intensity. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. 7:30pm. $19+.

Madagascar Jr.: A Musical Adventure (March 6-8)

Showtime Theatre Company’s Elementary Players bring Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the Hippo, and the plotting penguins in the musical adventure of a lifetime. McElvey Center, 212 E. Jefferson St., York. $10-$18. See website for showtimes. 

Celtic Woman Celebration: The 15th Anniversary Tour (March 7)

Hear breathtaking music that transports you from your seat straight to Ireland. BoPlex, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. 7:30pm. $41+. 

The Fourth Cross (March 7-18)

Four men were to be crucified that day in Jerusalem, but only three crosses were raised. This is the story of the fourth cross. NarroWay Theatre, 3327 Hwy 51, Fort Mill. $10-$40. See website for full performance schedule.

Marc Broussard (March 7)

Broussard’s new studio album and book inspire young audiences. McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. 8pm. $25. 

Sleeping Beauty: A Fairy-Tailored Classic (March 13-22)

Set to Tchaikovsky’s quintessential score, this classic tale of Princess Aurora, the Lilac Fairy, and the royal court is perfect for the entire family. See website for showtimes. Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. $25-$96.

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (March 13-14)

See the continuing saga in concert, as the movie plays on the big screen with music performed live. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. 7:30pm. $29+. 704-972-2000.

[They Fight] 2.0 – The best battles, brawls and blade-brandishing in literature (March 19-22)

This combat-heavy show brings new fights from favorite classical stories penned by literary icons like Dumas, Shakespeare, and Rostand. Recommended for ages 10 and older. Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. $12-$15. 704-372-1000.

Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony (March 20-21)

Inspired by Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, the resoundingly beautiful “Organ Symphony” by Saint- Saëns electrifies with its originality. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. 7:30pm. $30+.

Chamber Music 4 All (March 22)

Calin Lupanu, Concertmaster of the Charlotte Symphony, and Chamber Music 4 All instrumental ensemble perform classical chamber music. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 301 Caldwell Ln., Davidson. 3pm. $10-$20, children younger than 12 free.

The Color Purple (March 23-26)

See the 2016 Tony Award winner for Best Musical Revival. All shows begin at 8pm. BoPlex, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. 8pm. $25+.

National Geographic Live: Into the Arctic Kingdom (March 24)

Photographer Florian Schulz discovered a vibrant ecosystem of polar bears, musk ox, and thousands of caribou during his 34 months in the high arctic. McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. 6:30pm. $20+.

MasterChef Junior Live! (March 28)

See head-to-head cooking demonstrations and challenges with past MasterChef Junior contestants. BoPlex, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. 7pm. $55+.

Animal Farm (March 28-29)

Barnyard animals revolt against their vicious human master, only to submit to a tyranny erected by their own kind. Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. Matthews Community Center, 100 E. McDowell St., Matthews. $9-$10. 

Peter and the Wolf (March 29)

Come along on a young boy’s adventures with his grandfather and animal friends, and introduce children to the instruments of the orchestra as they depict different characters in the story. Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. Recommended for ages 4-9. 11am-noon. $14+.

Harlem Globetrotters: Pushing the Limits World Tour (March 29)

Don’t miss the high-flying dunks, hilarious stunts, a new record-breaking attempt, and more unforgettable moments. Spectrum Center, 333 E. Trade St. 2pm. $27.50+.